QB Deshaun Watson was second on the Jets' list of quarterbacks in the 2017 draft and head coach Todd Bowles "loved" him, but the team didn't know if he was ready and opted to draft S Jamal Adams because they believed he was the best choice and could alter the organization's culture, reports Rich Cimini of ESPN.
Watson, who reportedly may have torn his ACL at practice on Thursday, has thrown 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions in seven career NFL games for the Houston Texans.
"It's not a perfect science," said ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL head coach Jon Gruden. "You can't put Deshaun in the Hall of Fame yet, just like you can't put [Adams] there. Yeah, Watson has lit it up. Cleveland, what do you think they're thinking? There are any number of teams. How about the 49ers? I don't hear anybody criticizing the 49ers. I mean, there are a lot of teams that bypassed a quarterback. Did Chicago make a mistake not taking Watson? Is that where we're headed?"
The Jets, who also had Mitchell Trubisky on their draft board, had reservations about Watson's 17 interceptions last season and whether or not he would be able to immediately transition to the NFL, according to Cimini.
QB Josh McCown has thrown 12 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in eight games this season, his first with the Jets.